Talks only way out of crisis: Ambassador
18 Jul 2017 - 2:11
Athens: Qatar’s Ambassador to Greece, Abdulaziz Ali Al Naama, said the State of Qatar faced and still faces a politically-motivated campaign that targets the state and its sovereignty, adding that the campaign is led by parties trying to abuse Qatar and demonise it by exercising pressure in order to thwart its efforts in boosting security and stability at the international and regional levels.
In an interview with Greek newspaper Kathimerini, the ambassador said Qatar still believes that the only way out of the crisis that Qatar had no hand in is dialogue rather than orders and dictations, adding that Qatar still awaits the return of its Arab brothers to the dialogue table.
He said the media campaign carried out against Qatar has been prepared in advance, with roles divided between Gulf and Arab sides. He added that the campaign started after the Riyadh Arab and Islamic summit on May 21, in which US President Donald Trump took part, with the US president’s speech featuring remarks on the importance of Qatar’s role as a significant strategic partner in combating terrorism, which, he said, affirms the invalidity of the allegations of these entities, which continue to fabricate links between Qatar and terrorism.
The ambassador said the campaign started after a meeting between Emir H H Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani and Custodian of The Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud in Jeddah on May 1 and after a ministerial meeting for GCC states on May 17. After that, he added, the Riyadh summit took place on May 21 and the siege countries never mentioned any bilateral differences during any of these meetings.
Al Naama said that claims by the campaign parties that Qatar cooperates with Tehran at the expense of the Gulf interests are baseless, adding that Doha had recalled its ambassador to Iran after the burning down of Saudi Embassy in Tehran and never reinstated him since then.
The phone call between the Emir and Iranian President Hassan Rowhani on May 27, which was mentioned by the campaign, took place as part of annual protocol of extending greetings on the advent of the holy month of Ramadan, and came under the policy of GCC states to support dialogue with Iran.